Oilers rookies reported to Rexall Place for fitness testing as Rookie Camp got underway in Edmonton prior to the team's departure for Penticton and the Young Stars Tournament. Edmontonoilers.com and Oilers TV were there to provide the coverage:VIDEO:
Oilers captain Andrew Ference and head coach Dallas Eakins will be taking part in the Sprint Relay prior to Sunday's ITU Trathlon Grand Finale event at Hawrelak Park.
"I've seen the preparation that they do and they're outstanding athletes," Ference remarked. "I have a lot of respect."
Ference and Eakins will team up with Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Simon Whitfield to form their team for the event. Ference will bike 20 kilometres, Eakins will run five kilometres and Whitfield will swim 750 metres.
"I called bike right away. I'll be doing the course. I definitely didn't want to swim. Simon's going to be by far the fastest doing that. Dallas was the last to email back so he got stuck with the run," Ference chuckled.
Edmontonoilers.com will provide coverage of Sunday morning's event with a report back on how Ference, Eakins and Whitfield did.
The Oilers announced today that they will be concluding Rookie Camp with a game against the U of A Golden Bears. It will be held on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Clare Drake Arena Click here for more details.
The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have agreed to terms with defenceman Justin Schultz on a one-year contract.
Schultz, 24, had a career year in 2013-14, posting 33 points (11G, 22A) and 16 penalty minutes in 74 games. He set career highs in several categories including points, goals, assists, blocked shots (107) and hits (30). Schultz led all Oilers defencemen in points, assists and goals, as well as led the team in time on ice, averaging 23:20 per game.
The 6’2”, 188 pound blueliner has accumulated 60 points (19G, 41A) and 24 penalty minutes in 122 career NHL games.
The Kelowna, British Columbia native also had a standout rookie campaign in 2012-13, splitting the season between the Edmonton Oilers and their AHL affiliate Oklahoma City Barons. He appeared in 34 games with the Barons, registering 48 points (18G, 30A) and six penalty minutes.
Schultz’s impressive numbers with Oklahoma City earned him the Eddie Shore Award as the American Hockey League’s Defenceman of the Year. He is the first rookie in the 56-year history of the Eddie Shore Award to earn the honour.
Canada is playing its final game at World Juniors Summer Development Camp and the play of Oilers prospect Greg Chase has been quite good, with a pair of assists in two games so far.
Chase, an Oilers seventh-round pick in 2013, has warranted himself a look in a more offensive role after playing on the fourth line in the first two games. He is on a line with Nick Petan and Max Domi and in the starting lineup.
The game started at 10:00 a.m. MDT.
Darnell Nurse and Greg Chase both return to the lineup for Team Canada tonight as they take on Russia in the third of their four games at summer development camp.
Nurse will be paired with Haydn Fleury while Chase plays once again with Frederik Gauthier at centre. Jayce Hawryluk will be on the right side of that line.
The lines for Team Canada in Game 2 vs. Russia in Sherbrooke tonight. No lines for Russia. pic.twitter.com/zeJka6zfUY— Sunaya Sapurji (@sunayas) August 7, 2014
Both of the Oilers prospects participating at Canada's World Junior Summer Camp will not be in the lineup tonight as Canada takes on Russia (5:00 p.m. MDT).
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Canada plays again Thursday and Friday. It's expected Nurse and Chase will play in at least one and potentially both of those contests.
Canada's lineup versus Russia tonight in Sherbrooke pic.twitter.com/0l8l3P8Rkl— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) August 6, 2014
In Canada's first exhibition game at Summer Development Camp, Greg Chase impressed with a pair of assists in Canada's 6-2 win over the Czech Republic. Chase also had two penalty minutes. The other Oilers prospect at the camp, defenceman Darnell Nurse, had two PIM as well.
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Oil Kings centre Curtis Lazar scored for Canada along with Nick Paul, Fredrik Gauthier, Sam Reinhart, Anthony Duclair and Haydn Fleury. Chase assisted on Canada's fourth and fifth goals, by Paul and Fleury respectively.
Canada plays three more games this week: Wednesday versus Russia, Thursday versus Russia and Friday against the Czech Republic.
Darnell Nurse and Greg Chase are playing for Team Canada at the World Junior Summer Development Camp in Montreal. All four of Canada's games can be seen live on HockeyCanada.ca.
Nurse and Chase are both in the lineup for tonight's contest, which began at 5:00 p.m. MDT.